Fishery Notice

FN0783-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Sockeye - Somass River - Subarea 23-1 - Finfish closure date change - August 2, 2022

Further to FN0415 and FN0651, the finfish closure that is normally implemented in the tidal portion of the Somass River on July 24, will be implemented at 00:01 August 2, 2022. 

Anglers are reminded that between 05:00 hours to 22:00 hours until August 1, 2022 the daily quota for Sockeye Salmon remains at two (2) per day in the following area:

The tidal portion of the Somass River, described as that portion of Subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River, downstream to a line commencing in upper Alberni Harbour at 49 degrees 14.19 north latitude and 124 degrees 50.23 west longitude, then through the southernmost point of Hoik Island, then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River, then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.

The area known as Paper Mill Dam Pool remains closed to angling for all finfish. It includes that portion of 23-1 in the Somass River from signs located near the bottom of the rapids immediately north of Paper Mill Dam Pool, then downstream to tidal boundary signs located on both sides of the Somass River, approximately 60 metres downstream from the northern tip of the unnamed island directly below Paper Mill Dam Pool.

Rockfish Conservation Areas and Finfish closures remain in effect.

Variation Order # 2022-RCT-299 and 2022-RFQ-302 in effect.

On July 14, 2022 DFO staff met with the Area 23 Harvest Committee to discuss fishery planning for Area 23 Somass Sockeye. The attendees at these meeting included representatives from the Maa-nulth, Tseshaht, and Hupacasath First Nations, and stakeholders from the commercial gill net and seine fishery, and the Alberni Valley Sport Fishing Advisory Committee. The Somass Sockeye run size remains at 850,000. Fishing opportunities remain available for all sectors.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.

The term "marked", "hatchery marked", or "adipose fin clipped" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Fishers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling and submitting heads from hatchery marked Chinook and Coho Salmon to head depots. New 2022 condition of license for Chinook and Coho head-off length equivalents support participation. The head-off measurement can be used by enforcement officers to assess compliance on size limits if you remove the head from Chinook or Coho. Recovery of microscopic coded-wire tags found inside hatchery marked Chinook and Coho heads provide critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at 1-866-483-9994 for further information

All anglers must have a licence to fish in tidal waters in BC. Apply for your BC tidal waters recreational fishing licence and salmon conservation stamp at

If you see a sea turtle, please call this toll-free phone number: 1-866-I SAW ONE (1-866-472-9663). Please include information such as the type of sea turtle seen (i.e. leatherback), the location and time of sighting. 

If a marine mammal becomes entangled in fishing gear, fishers should immediately call the  Observe, Record, Report (ORR) line at 1-800-465-4336. Fishers are advised not to attempt to free the animal of the fishing gear as this can pose a serious threat to the safety of the fisher and the animal. If your vessel strikes a whale, or if you observe a sick, injured, distressed, or dead marine mammal in B.C. waters, please contact the hotline immediately: 1-800-465-4336 or VHF Channel 16.

Fishers are encouraged to stop fishing (do not haul gear) within 1,000 metres of killer whales and let them pass. For more information on the best ways to help whales while on the water, when on both sides of the border, please visit:

Consult the online BC Sport Fish Guide at for the latest closures, regulations, and restrictions.

Report suspicious activity or violations by email at or by calling the 24-hour, toll-free Observe, Record, and Report line at 1-800-465-4336 or 604-607-4186 in greater Vancouver.

The 24-hour, toll-free information line for fishery notices regarding openings and closures is 1-866-431-3474 or 604-666-2828 in greater Vancouver. 

Please contact Christie Morrison by emailing or calling 240-720-4440.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0783
Sent July 22, 2022 at 1527